Fonds - St. Andrew's United Church (Nanaimo, B.C.) fonds

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St. Andrew's United Church (Nanaimo, B.C.) fonds

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  • 1925-1967 (Creation)
    St. Andrew's United Church (Nanaimo, B.C.)
  • 1860-1925 (Creation)
    St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (Nanaimo, B.C.)

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75.7 cm of textual records

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The first Methodist services in Nanaimo were conducted in 1857. The original Nanaimo Circuit covered an area from Comox to Saltspring Island. Ebenezer Wesleyan Methodist Church was built in 1860. It was later known as Nanaimo Methodist Church and, after the Haliburton Street congregation became a separate circuit in 1892, as Wallace Street Methodist Church. Presbyterian services were first held in the Court House in 1865. St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church was opened in 1866. In 1925, the congregation of Wallace Street Methodist Church and the members of St. Andrew's Presbyterian who were in favour of union joined to form First United Church (Nanaimo, B.C.). A large proportion of the Presbyterians voted against union, and court action ensued regarding the legality of the vote and the disposal of property. Legal counsel advised using the name of St. Andrew's, and for a short period, both names appear in the records. The final decision regarding the property was that St. Andrew's United Church would have the Presbyterian church and manse and that the continuing Presbyterians would have the Wallace Street property. This situation was the only case of union litigation in British Columbia. From 1966 to 1977, St. Andrew's was part of an area ministry known as Nanaimo Larger Parish or Nanaimo Combined Congregation, which also included Haliburton Street, Cedar, and the Chinese and Indian Missions. After Cedar United Church became part of the Nanaimo River Pastoral Charge in 1977 and the Haliburton Street property was sold in 1978, St. Andrew's continued in association with the Indian and Chinese congregations.

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The fonds consists of three subgroups: Wallace Street Methodist Church (Nanaimo, B.C.) subgroup, including records of the Nanaimo Circuit and of Ebenezer Wesleyan Methodist Church, which continued as Nanaimo Methodist Church and Wallace St. Methodist Church; St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (Nanaimo, B.C.) subgroup; and St. Andrew's United Church (Nanaimo, B.C.) subgroup. Records series of Wallace St. Methodist Church (Nanaimo, B.C.) subgroup consist of Quarterly Official Board minutes (1860-1925); Trustees minutes (1860-1883, 1886-1926); and financial records (1909-1925). Records of the Sunday School (1916-1925) and the Young Ladies' Club (1924-1925) are continued by the United Church and are included in St. Andrew's United Church subgroup. Record series of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (Nanaimo, B.C.) subgroup consist of minutes of congregational meetings (1886-1911), Board of Managers (1886-1897, 1900-1944), session (1892-1911), and Woman's Missionary Society Auxiliary (1924-1925). In all cases, there is a distinct break between these records and similar series for St. Andrew's United Church. Record series of St. Andrew's United Church (Nanaimo, B.C.) include minutes of congregational meetings (1926-1966), Official Board (1925-1966), Session (1925-1934, 1953-1966), and Stewards (1925-1966); records of Sunday School (1925-1952), various women's organizations (1925-1967), and a young people's organization 1935-1943); and scrapbooks of press clippings (1932-1938).

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Transferred directly from St. Andrew's United Church (Nanaimo, BC)


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  • English

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File list available. Online Finding Aid

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St. Andrew's United Church Collection, Nanaimo Community Archives


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BCAUL control number: UCCBC-205

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United Church of Canada British Columbia Conference Archives

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Revised April 7, 2011
Revised August 23, 2014

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  • English

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